Licensed massage therapist Marci sees massages as more than just an hour of indulgence for the privileged. For her, massages should serve as a legitimate tool for managing chronic pain. She aims to break apart internal scaring and stimulate the removal of toxins through each of her four types of massages: Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger-point therapy, and pregnancy massage.
Massage therapists employ Swedish, therapeutic, deep-tissue, trigger-point, and reflexology techniques to relax bodies and curb new and chronic pains. They dispense specialized massages for expectant mothers and individuals in hospice care. Sessions can be bolstered with the use of warmed stones, hot potatoes, and aromatherapy. In addition to massages, practitioners offer reiki sessions that rebalance the body’s chakras, and skin-softening paraffin-wax treatments.
After graduating from Carlson College of Massage Therapy, licensed therapist Kelli Auger stuck around and became an assistant instructor and clinic supervisor for her alma mater, which allowed her to share her knowledge with students while honing her skills. Drawing on these years of training and teaching, Kelli opened BodyOasis Therapeutic Massage, where she tends to muscles with four distinct modalities, including deep-tissue techniques, Swedish massage, and couples massage. While she primarily performs these modalities in-studio, Kelli also visits offices and cossets employees with chair massages to help increase productivity, boost morale, and ease shoulders weakened by hours of silent, mental screaming.
Licensed massage therapist Mindy Sanden knows all kinds of ways to soften a knotted muscle. She can address it directly with deep-tissue work, or she can attend to the entire body with hot stones to relax everything at once. But she doesn’t decide which technique to use until she has met her client. Understanding that each client carries tension differently, Mindy customizes her massages according to their needs and the feedback she welcomes throughout the 30-, 60-, or 90-minute sessions.
Jessica Bailey gets paid to surround herself with diamonds all day. They are found in the tip of a wand, and deftly slough away layers of dead skin cells during her microdermabrasion treatments. The sessions take place inside 100% Pure Pro, as do makeup applications and waxing services for brows, lips, and horns.
As a licensed massage therapist, Bethany Carman is trained in the art of relaxation and the science of muscle systems. Using combinations of smooth flowing strokes and more intense kneading, she improves circulation and busts up collections of knots.